Ph.D.(Alberta), M. Sc. (Laval), BPE (INEF Madrid).
Pedagogical and psychosocial dimensions of physical education and youth sport; physical activity and health promotion.
Motivation in youth sport and physical activity; school-and community-based physical activity promotion; physical education and healthy development.
One of Dr. García’s major areas of interest is the impact of the interpersonal environment and learning activities upon the motivation and development of adolescents and young adults participating in sport and physical activity. Examples of his work in this area include ongoing efforts to develop and validate the Relatedness to Others in Physical Activity Scale (ROPAS), the Interpersonal Context in Sport Questionnaire (ICSQ), and the Activities in Sport Questionnaire (ASQ). Dr. García is also involved in the validation of the ICSQ and the ASQ in cross-cultural settings.
In addition Dr. García’s research addresses the promotion of physical activity for health. Graduate students, under the supervision of Dr. García, employ several approaches to increase meaningful physical activity and healthy living opportunities for children and youth in school and community settings. Dr. García is also involved in evaluating the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Montreal ‘Mentors in Motion in-School’ program.
Working together with colleagues in Canada and Spain, Dr. García analyzes survey data to understand the factors associated with healthy living outcomes in adolescence. Using an ecological approach, his work in this area places a particular emphasis on the role of school-based physical education programs in the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles.
Formerly a researcher with the Alberta Centre for Active Living, Dr. García is currently a visiting research-professor at the Faculty of Sport Science of the University of Murcia, in Spain.